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Yothu Yindi Foundation Board Members

Mr Galarrwuy Yunupingu (Chairman)

  • Board Member since 1990
  • Australian of the Year 1978
  • Member of the Order of Australia 1985
  • Australian Living National Treasure
  • Leader Gumatj clan of the Yolngu people
  • Galarrwuy has held and continues to hold numerous positions on committees and organisations where he can share his wide experience with other Australians and promote the aspirations of his people.

Mr Djawa Yunupingu (Deputy Chairman)

  • Board Member since 1990
  • Northern Land Council – Member
  • Parks & Wildlife Commission NT – Council Member
  • Dhimurru Land Management Aboriginal Corporation - Senior Cultural Advisor
  • Carpentaria Ghost Net Program and the Marine Turtle Recovery Group - Steering Committee member
  • Senior member Gumatj clan

Mr Gabirri Collins-Yunupingu (Secretary)

  • Board member since 1990

Ms Dhanggal Gurruwiwi (Executive Member)

  • Board Member since 2006
  • Director Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism
  • Director Rripangu Yidaki Pty Ltd
  • Lecturer Charles Darwin University – Yolngu Studies Program
  • Translator – Aboriginal Interpreter Service
  • Senior Traditional Owner Galpu Clan

Mr Balupalu Yunupingu (Executive Member)

  • Board Member since 2006
  • Ex-Dhimurru Land Management Aboriginal Corporation – Senior Ranger Sea Country
  • Member Gumatj clan
Mr Barayuwa Mununggur (Executive Member)
  • Laynha Board - Chairman
  • Gumurr Miwatj Ward - Councillor

Ms Binmila (Lisa) Yunupingu (Treasurer)

  • Board Member since 2008
  • Co-Author - Yolngu Mali: Aboriginal Spirit
  • Member Gumatj clan


Ex-Officio Board Members:

Ms Yananymul Munungurr (Laynhapuy Homelands)

  • Yirrkala Community Advisory Board member
  • Gumurr Miwatj Ward – Councillor

Mr Waka Munungurr (Laynhapuy Homelands)

  • Laynha Board - Vice Chairman

Ms Djapirri Munungurritj (Reconciliation Australia Board Member)

  • Miwatj Health – Board Member


Yothu Yindi Foundation

Mrs Denise Bowden (Chief Executive Officer)

  • April 2010-current 


Yothu Yindi Foundation Ambassadors

Jack Thompson, AM is an Australian actor and one of the major figures of Australian cinema. He was educated at University of Queensland, before embarking on his acting career. In 2002, he was made an honorary member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS). He is best known as a lead actor in several acclaimed Australian films, including such classics as The Man from Snowy River (1982) and Breaker Morant (1980). He won Cannes and AFI acting awards for the latter film. He was the recipient of a Living Legend Award at the 2005 Inside Film Awards. Jack is an active ambassador of the activities and vision of the Yothu Yindi Foundation, and recently formed the Jack Thompson Foundation to look at remote housing.

Marcia Lynne Langton AM is one of Australia's leading Aboriginal scholars. She holds the Foundation Chair in Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. The program she heads is based in the university's Faculty of Medicine (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health). She is a frequent media commentator, and serves on various high-level committees on Indigenous issues. These have included the Centre for Aboriginal Reconciliation, the directorship of the Centre for Indigenous Natural and Cultural Resource Management, Chair of the Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council, and Chair of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, QLD.


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